Born on March 1, 2007 in Salt Lake City, UT
Arrived at Mission: Wolf on July 9, 2007
Lives with Zeab, Nashira
Abraham, better known as Abe, was found on the streets of Salt Lake City, Utah in 2007 at four months of age. His long legs, webbed feet, big head, narrow chest, and amber colored eyes were all classic wolf characteristics. By law, the shelter that took him in could not find a home for Abe once he was identified as a wolf-dog, so he was to be euthanized. A husky rescue in the area helped save Abe and transported him to the refuge. Abe was a very gregarious, happy, and social animal when he arrived and quickly learned to love visitors. Magpie, our lead Ambassador wolf, was alone and needed companionship. She was delighted to meet him and they bonded quickly.
As a pup, Abe looked and acted like a wolf with few dog traits other than his happy attitude toward meeting new people. By six months of age, he was not growing as big as expected, and by the time he was a year old, it was apparent Abe was more dog than wolf. By two years of age, some questioned if little Abe had much wolf ancestry at all. Regardless of his background, Abe and Magpie made a dynamic team and thrived on meeting new people.
In 2009, Magpie and Abe fostered and raised eight wolf pups that were brought to Mission: Wolf from a wildlife safari park. Once the pups adjusted to life at the refuge, they all moved on to other packs. In the summer of 2010, Abe and Magpie were once again surprised when three young wolf pups named Farah, Zeab, and Apollo arrived. While Farah and Apollo moved on to form their own pack, Zeab bonded with Magpie and Abe and has continued to thrive in his role as the goofy omega of the Ambassador pack.
In 2013, two pups named Rosie and Tiger joined Abe, Magpie, and Zeab. While Magpie loved being a foster mother and doted on the pups, Abe wasn’t too fond of trying to keep two unruly kids (who were already bigger than he was) in line. Abe is by far the most outgoing guy at the whole refuge and a wonderful teacher for the pups. His calm and happy demeanor, along with his enthusiasm for greeting refuge visitors, began to rub off on Tiger. As they got older, Tiger and Rosie wanted their own space and now have their own enclosure.
In 2014, Abe and Magpie were officially retired as our traveling ambassador animals. While Abe loved to greet and educate people about wolves and wolf-dogs, he enjoyed a not-so-quiet retirement as the main ambassador at the refuge while raising the newest members of our family, puppies Saurya and Nashira.
Abe passed away peacefully in the summer of 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He remains one of the most charismatic and inspiring ambassadors Mission: Wolf has ever had the pleasure to work with. Although he is gone from the refuge, we take heart knowing that he can run free with Magpie forever.